Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length6-9 Months
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Burkina Faso aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Burkina Faso.
Fulbright grants will begin between August 2023 and March 2024, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou.
As a condition of their grant, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during summer 2023.
Prior research experience in the proposed grant field is highly preferred.
Graduate-level candidates may wish to consider teaching courses at the University of Ouagadougou or any other private university in the country as a supplement to their research projects on a volunteer basis.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional information: French language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to integrate successfully and communicate on a daily basis. Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with an appropriate local institution. Applicants must identify appropriate institutions for their projects and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications.
To arrange affiliation with the University of Ouagadougou, applicants should contact: "Le Vice-President, charge de la recherche et de la cooperation internationale." For affiliations with other educational, cultural, or social institutions, applicants should contact the heads of those institutions directly. Correspondence addressed either to the University or to other institutions may be routed through the U.S. Embassy.
Student are responsible for securing their own housing before arriving. The Cultural Affairs Specialist can help put them in contact with the Embassy leasing office upon request to assist with finding suitable housing.
Burkina Faso is designated a high-threat, partially-accompanied Post (adult family members age 21 and over only). Currently, U.S. government personnel are restricted to the capital Ouagadougou. Fulbright grantees and their accompanying dependents will be required to adhere to the same restrictions for their safety.
Fulbrighters are responsible for obtaining their own visas before departing the United States. Fulbrighters should obtain visas at the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Washington, DC. For further information, consult the following website or email: info@VisaHQ.com.
Upon arrival, and before the entry visa expires, Fulbrighters must obtain a long-term visa (normally valid for renewable one-year periods) for the duration of their stay in Burkina Faso. The Fulbrighter will need two identical photographs for this visa, and they should bring these photographs in their carry-on luggage.
Applicants should send a letter and their resume or curriculum vitae () to the Burkinabe Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation, through the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Washington D.C., stating the field, project, period of research, and areas of Burkina Faso that will be covered by the research. Copies of these documents should also be sent to the Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy-Ouagadougou, Department of State, 2440 Ouagadougou Place, Washington, DC 20521-2440.
The security situation in Burkina Faso has changed dramatically over the last several years. Due to a fluid and rapidly changing security environment, the U.S. Embassy recommends that interested candidates consult the latest State Department guidance and Travel Advisories found by clicking here.